Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. Isaiah xxxiii. 17
-For the form of this world is passing away. 1 Cor7:31b
Sermon 3 – Cardinal Newman – Unreal Words
We are no longer then in the region of shadows:
we have the true Saviour set before us,
the true reward, and the true means of spiritual renewal.
We know the true state of the soul by nature and by grace,
the evil of sin, the consequences of sinning,
the way of pleasing God, and the motives to act upon.
God has revealed Himself clearly to us;
He has “destroyed the face of the covering cast over all people,
and the veil that is spread over all nations.”
“The darkness is past, and the True Light now shineth.”
[Isa. xxv. 7. 1 John ii. 8.]
And therefore, I say, He calls upon us in turn to “walk in the light as He is in the light.”
—The are are ten thousand ways of looking at this world, but only one right way.
The man of pleasure has his way, the man of gain his, and the man of intellect his. Poor men and rich men, governors and governed, prosperous and discontented, learned and unlearned, each has his own way of looking at the things which come before him, and each has a wrong way.
There is but one right way; it is the way in which God looks at the world.
Aim at looking at it in God’s way.
Aim at seeing things as God sees them.
Aim at forming judgements about persons, events, ranks, fortunes, changes, objects, such as God forms.
Aim at looking at this life as God looks at it.
Aim at looking at the life to come, and the world unseen, as God does.
Aim at “seeing the King in all His beauty.”
All things that we see are but shadows to us and delusions, unless we enter into what they really mean.
It is not an easy thing to learn that new language which Christ has brought us.
He has interpreted all things for us in a new way;
He has brought us a religion which sheds a new light on all that happens.
Try to learn this language. Do not get it by rote, or speak it as a thing of course.
Try to understand what you say.
Time is short, eternity is long;
God is great, man is weak; he stands between heaven and hell;
Christ is his Saviour; Christ has suffered for him.
The Holy Ghost sanctifies him; repentance purifies him,
faith justifies, works save.
These are solemn truths, which need not be actually spoken,
except in the way of creed or of teaching; but which must be laid up in the heart.
That a thing is true, is no reason that it should be said, but that it should be done; that it should be acted upon; that it should be made our own inwardly.
Let us avoid talking, of whatever kind;
whether mere empty talking, or censorious talking,
or idle profession, or descanting upon Gospel doctrines,
or the affectation of philosophy,
or the pretence of eloquence.
Let us guard against frivolity,
love of display,
love of being talked about,
love of singularity,
love of seeming original.
Let us aim at meaning what we say,
and saying what we mean;
let us aim at knowing when we understand a truth, and when we do not.
When we do not, let us take it on faith, and let us profess to do so.
Let us receive the truth in reverence,
and pray God to give us a good will, and divine light,
and spiritual strength, that it may bear fruit within us. –
Cardinal John Henry Newman
– the homily of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI
Yankee Stadium April 2008
And this, dear friends, is the particular challenge which the Successor of Saint Peter sets before you today. As “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation”, follow faithfully in the footsteps of those who have gone before you! Hasten the coming of God’s Kingdom in this land! Past generations have left you an impressive legacy. In our day too, the Catholic community in this nation has been outstanding in its prophetic witness in the defense of life, in the education of the young, in care for the poor, the sick and the stranger in your midst. On these solid foundations, the future of the Church in America must even now begin to rise!
True freedom blossoms when we turn away from the burden of sin, which clouds our perceptions and weakens our resolve, and find the source of our ultimate happiness in him who is infinite love, infinite freedom, infinite life. “In his will is our peace”.
The New Heaven and Earth
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” 5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
The New Jerusalem
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Psalm 101 next >
Domine, exaudi. A prayer for one in affliction: the fifth penitential psalm.
1 The prayer of the poor man, when he was anxious, and poured out his supplication before the Lord.
2 Hear, O Lord, my prayer: and let my cry come to thee.
3 Turn not away thy face from me: in the day when I am in trouble, incline thy ear to me. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me speedily.
4 For my days are vanished like smoke: and my bones are grown dry like fuel for the fire.
5 I am smitten as grass, and my heart is withered: because I forgot to eat my bread.
6 Through the voice of my groaning, my bone hath cleaved to my flesh.
7 I am become like to a pelican of the wilderness: I am like a night raven in the house.
8 I have watched, and am become as a sparrow all alone on the housetop.
9 My enemies reproached me: and they that praised me did swear against me.
10 For I did eat ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.
11 Because of thy anger and indignation: for having lifted me up thou hast thrown me down.
12 My days have declined like a shadow, and I am withered like grass.
13 But thou, O Lord, endurest for ever: and thy memorial to all generations.
14 Thou shalt arise and have mercy on Sion: for it is time to have mercy on it, for the time is come.
15 For the stones thereof have pleased thy servants: and they shall have pity on the earth thereof.
16 And the Gentiles shall fear thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
17 For the Lord hath built up Sion: and he shall be seen in his gory.
18 He hath had regard to the prayer of the humble: and he hath not despised their petition.
19 Let these things be written unto another generation: and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord:
20 Because he hath looked forth from his high sanctuary: from heaven the Lord hath looked upon the earth.
21 That he might hear the groans of them that are in fetters: that he might release the children of the slain:
22 That they may declare the name of the Lord in Sion: and his praise in Jerusalem;
23 When the people assemble together, and kings, to serve the Lord.
24 He answered him in the way of his strength: Declare unto me the fewness of my days.
25 Call me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are unto generation and generation.
26 In the beginning, O Lord, thou foundedst the earth: and the heavens are the works of thy hands.
27 They shall perish but thou remainest: and all of them shall grow old like a garment: And as a vesture thou shalt change them, and they shall be changed.
28 But thou art always the selfsame, and thy years shall not fail.
29 The children of thy servants shall continue: and their seed shall be directed for ever.